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Wrong Way Down The Motorway

In February 2016, the P. Adams transportation company

(Adams Group ) completed a total of twelve challenging

heavy haulage journeys in just four days with the help

of Goldhofer axle lines.

The task was to move press components weighing a

total of 700 tons from the Danube port of Straubing to

the works of a Korean automotive supplier in

Niederaichbach. With the client more than four weeks

behind schedule with the cargo, the haulage company

had to pull out all the stops t

o meet an extremely demanding delivery target in-

volving twelve journeys in just four days.

Robert Müller, Project and Transport Manager at P.

Adams, was responsible – among other things – for the

route planning. In this case, the 60 kilometre route was

a major challenge.

Out of a total of twelve journeys, three required

special routing. The heaviest item, a 240 ton machine

head, was moved off the barge in the port in Straubing

and placed on 24 Goldhofer THP/ST axle lines.

With the cargo, the complete push-pull rig weighed

in at 370 tons and was almost 60 meters long. Special

measures were also required for the 160 ton press ram

and the 150 ton slide (16 axle lines respectively 19 axle

lines) .

At Straubing, the rigs were too heavy to pass over

the autobahn bridge. The solution was to drive each of

the heavy loads down the autobahn exit slip road and

on to the wrong carriageway.

The three heavy-duty combinations were driven to

a point where the central barrier could be opened to

permit them to move onto the correct carriageway.

Adams Group



Special Bricks for

Serpentine Pavilion


For the Serpentine Galleries’ annual event in

London’s Kensington Gardens,

AKT II Limited


vided structural engineering services for the design

of the superstructure of BIG’s 2016 Serpentine

Pavilion, envisioned as an ‘unzipped’ wall of

glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP).

The superstructure, designed by architects,

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is formed of two surfaces

which begin as separate sinusoidal walls at ground

level and rise to merge as a straight, horizontal

line at an elevation of 14 m above ground.

The surfaces are formed from a series of 500

mm by 400 mm bricks. The length of each brick is

such that it overlaps its neighbours sufficiently

enough to create an enclosure, whilst also providing

Photographs © 2016 Serpentine Gallery/AKT II Ltd.

Wor ldwide Panorama

Contractors World International Vol 7 No 4